The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael PollanThe Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

byMichael PollanRead byScott Brick

Audio Book (CD) | November 5, 2013

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The book that helped make Michael Pollan, the New York Times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore's Dilemma, one of the most trusted food experts in America.

Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: the bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship. He masterfully links four fundamental human desires-sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control-with the plants that satisfy them: the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato. In telling the stories of four familiar species, Pollan illustrates how the plants have evolved to satisfy humankind's most basic yearnings. And just as we've benefited from these plants, we have also done well by them. So who is really domesticating whom?

Praise for the narrator: "Scott Brick uses his skill with produce an audible intoxication." -AudioFile

Michael Pollan is the author of The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley.Actor, screenwriter and audiobook narrator, SCOTT BRICK definitely gives new meaning to a h...
Title:The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the WorldFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:6.5 × 7.13 × 1 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:Brilliance AudioLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1480555304

ISBN - 13:9781480555303


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Michael Pollan is brilliant! Yet again he has left me speechless with his insight into humanity and the plants view of the world. This book is about the co-evolution of humans and plants, Pollan goes into to great detail about 4 specific plants; apple, tulip, marijuana and potato. Pollan explores how their traits shaped four parts of human desire: sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control. It's a truly interesting read!
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining and enlightening The apple and a brief history of Johnny Appleseed and a slice of America, the tulip and Pollan's pontification about the value we put on esthetics, cannibis and over-intellectualization of narcoticing impact on our humanity (!?), and the potato and a deep dive into botany and evolutionary perspective. This guy likes to professorialize to his audience.
Date published: 2008-05-07